THE ECHO – KAWASAKI Z800 ’14

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As anyone who has ever customized a bike will tell you, the unavoidable and omnipresent ‘money versus dreams’ equation is a hard one to crack. There’s what you want to do, and then there’s what you can afford to do. Most mere mortals and their bank accounts would run for mention of a customized than they need and all the expense, fiddling and  testing that comes with it. But not with one of our customer. He grabbed his dream by the horns and asked us to change his bike totally. The result is a 2014 Kawasaki Z800 and now the owner has a spare time thanks to his newfound riding obsession.

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We worked with the bikes owner to design a scrambler based on the Kawasaki Z800 mixing retro styling with modern engineering. Under the direction of the bikes owner the suspension was to remain untouched, but the rest of it’s appearance was open to our interpretation. The tall upside down front forks and modern alloy swing arm didn’t quite have the retro look suited to a classic Scrambler, but the rest of the bike showed potential. We only change original monoshock with a brand new Ohlins Progressive Shock. The first step was the removal of the factory plastics, bodywork and not so cool. To replace the original bodywork we made a new tank, side cover, front and rear fender out of 1.2 mm galvanized plate. Its unique shape was designed to hug the flowing lines of the stock main frame perfectly. Finished in solid, candy red orange with black lines at the top it’s more suited to the bike than the factory tank. The only modification to the frame came in the form of a new tail. The loop includes a passenger grab rail which supports a Scrambler style tuck and roll seat, which was also designed and built in house at the Studio Motor workshop. For a more retro look the stock exhaust was replaced with a custom 4 in 2 stainless steel header and underslung, vintage style reverse megaphone muffler. The original rims were removed and changed with TK Japan 17X3.00 inch and 17X5.o0 inch then treated to a set of dual sport Avon Distanzia 120/70-17 & 160/60-17 and the stock bars replaced by Pro Taper Fatbar handlebar. Custom made fenders and a retro headlight/tail light combo were then all that was left to complete our new latest built.

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The result is a modern scrambler with the fit and finish of a factory bike, which we are sure many of us enthusiasts would happily buy off a showroom floor.

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Specification :

  • Body Custom by STUDIO MOTOR
  • Painting & Airbrush by KOMET Studio
  • Pro Tapper Fatbar Handlebar
  • Ohlins Progressive Monoshock
  • Daymaker Headlight
  • Aftermarket Taillight
  • Harris Design Handgrip
  • TK Japan 17X3.00 & 17X5.00 Inch (Front & Rear)
  • Avon Distanzia 120/70-17 & 160/60-17  (Front and Rear)
  • 4 in 2 Custom Exhaust System by STUDIO MOTOR

 

 

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